Today our special Blue America guest is Judy Feder from northern Virginia, from McLean out past Winchester, who is running against 14-term backbencher Frank Wolf. Judy is one of the more articulate of our candidates– Jane had lunch with her and was impressed enough to introduce me– and I’ll be happy to let her speak for herself, while I tell you a little something about Congressman Wolf.
Like almost all Republicans– especially the ones in districts that have changed from red to purple– Wolf is now claiming to be a "moderate" and an "independent voice." (The district used to be a GOP bastion and in 2001 Mark Warner lost VA-10 by 9 points while winning the governorship. Four years later Tim Kaine won by 4 points; quite the swing. And in 2006 Jim Webb defeated incumbent wingnut George Allen here, giving him his margin of victory.
Two months ago The Economist did an excellent account of the district and why, like much of exurban America, it is no longer a GOP bastion.) But let’s take a look at how Wolf’s definition of "moderate" (which, of course, is reinforced by a lazy corporate media) stacks up against reality. Let’s take an issue that has been in the headlines lately… Iraq.
Since the October 10, 2002 Resolution Authorizing the Use of Force in Iraq, which Wolf enthusiastically voted for, there have been 63 roll calls regarding Iraq and, to his credit, Wolf hasn’t missed a single vote. Unfortunately Mr. Moderate Independent Voice voted all 63 times with Bush and Cheney. You may find that startling; it defines an utter and contemptible rubber stamp, not a moderate and not an independent voice.